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Passive Aggressive Oprah

Gives BS Apology for

Switzerland Racist Flap

8/13/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813_oprah_tmzOprah Winfrey says she's kinda sorta "sorry" for the fallout that ensued after she told the media about a "racist" encounter at a purse store in Switzerland ... saying, "I'm really sorry that it got blown up."

Yeah, right.

Oprah addressed the media at the premiere of "The Butler" in L.A. last night -- backpedaling after the shop in question started to refute O's allegations of racism during an incident last month.

The shop owner says the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" and had "nothing to do with racism."

Last night, Oprah said ... "I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland."

Problem is ... O's full of it. What did she think was going to happen when she went on national TV and cried racism? The media was just going to ignore that??

Oprah once ragged on hamburgers and single-handedly CRIPPLED the beef industry. She knew damn well how the media was going to handle the Switzerland situation ... which is why she went to the media in the first place. Her mission was to destroy the shop.

There are some people who are saying Oprah's Swiss encounter wasn't really about race -- Oprah was just mad she wasn't treated like Her Royal O-ness because the shop employee didn't recognize her ... but now, after the employee told the media she's being unfairly attacked, O's feeling a little guilty.

But pretending not to know about the impact of her race allegations?? That's like Obama pretending not to know what's gonna happen if he pushes that big red button in the White House.

C'mon O ... you're smarter than that. And so are we.

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firebaby    

to be fair, if her "mission was to destroy the shop" as you put it, i think she would have actually said which shop it was.... unless she wants to destroy switzerland???

380 days ago
32.

Mel    

Seriously TMZ where do you find your writers?

380 days ago
33.

Pot Pie    

The shop clerk had the nerve to assume a black woman couldn't afford the purse...bottom line. Total arrogance.

380 days ago
34.

Leopold butters Stotch     

Oprah is rich and fat and that's pretty much her whole story.

380 days ago
35.

JP`    

The clerk handed her a less expensive version of the same bag to check out first. Why climb up and open a locked case if the customer isn't interested in the style after all? Oprah walked out without a word and now screams racism. BS.

380 days ago
36.

ABB    

Why the hell is it OK when African-Americans always play the race card like a Las Vegas Hustler and when white people try do it they are vilified. Serious question here. No, I'm not of either race I'm an American person of Mexican descent.

380 days ago
37.

Andrew    

So sick of people crying racism. 3 Black teens violently beat up 1 White teen on a Florida school bus. MSNBC not reporting. CNN has an article up and no mention of the race of the attackers......waiting for the media to pick up this story and sensationalize it the way the did with the Zimmerman trial....shouldnt hold my breath

380 days ago
38.

John Gayer    

Remember when she wasn't allowed into that expensive French luxury store a few years ago? Why wasn't that also considered racist? If Oprah looked like a rich black lady instead of a homeless turd when she's out in public, this wouldn't happen to her.

380 days ago
39.

Missy    

Huh? Who wrote this? So it's Oprah who should apologize for her being discriminated against? She shouldn't apologize!

380 days ago
40.

dave    

I'm confused as to how Oprah is the bad guy in this situation. I think anyone would be insulted if a store clerk refused to serve them because the store clerk thought they couldn't afford it. Now Oprah is the bad guy for saying something about it? That defies logic.

380 days ago
41.

labluedoo    

Every time someone doesn't kiss her ass she pulls out the race card. Guess what bitch on any certain day some clerk in a store ignores a customer it doesn't have to be a race thing.

380 days ago
42.

Nekru    

If Oprah walked into my shop I would throw a bag of dog poo at her and think nothing of it. That nasty negress.

380 days ago
43.

Nico    

O is not only money catcher, but attention catcher by all means. A real LADY would not make so much racial tantrum over a purse. C'mon

380 days ago
44.

Jenny    

Of course she is going to pull out the race card, how else can she stir up PR for the movie? Thank goodness movie goer sees thru this cheap ploy.

380 days ago
45.

LB    

Oprah is the biggest racist of them all!!! Just try and get a white girl (or any other color) into her all black girl school!!

380 days ago
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